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Hundred 2018
Want students to expand their knowledge by participating in an online community?

New Technology High School: Blog Portfolio

Marker Napa, California, USA
Blogs serve as a way to connect students with experts in the field, who offer advice, encouragement, and even internships and jobs. It is time for educators to harness the power that blogs can provide to amplify engagement with real world professionals and communities.
Introduction

What is New Technology High School: Blog Portfolio?

No matter the job, chances are that employers will use the internet to find out more information about an applicant. Therefore, a digital presence is arguably the most vital element to students as they look for jobs. Students need to start thinking and strategizing about their audience and ultimately learn how to use different social media platforms to convey who they are. Furthermore, with many of today's jobs involving some sort of digital skills, educators need to provide students with the terminology and skills they will need to thrive.

New Tech High wanted to transform e-portfolio work as they recognized that traditional methods of uploading work online did not create an authentic audience. As a result, educators decided to work in collaboration with their students to redesign the program. The result was a blogging and e-portfolio hybrid. Three main components to the program were formed:

1. Document your process 

2. Teach others what you know

3. Connect with the outside world and network

By moving beyond the boundaries of the classroom, students interact with online communities and make real-world connections that can lead to internships and employment. Students use social media to interact with experts and build a digital presence through blogging. Students add to their blogs using writing prompts provided by teachers anywhere from 2 to 15 times a month. 

Students have the ability to promote their content via social media, or if they wish to minimize their digital footprint, they learn how to safely set their privacy settings. This provides an opportunity for everyone to become involved in the project.

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Intended Outcomes
1041
Views
14 - 18
Age Group
2015
Established
Resources Needed
This innovation takes a year to implement and requires the ability for students to access computers, time to blog, staff support for implementation, and an event to showcase work at the end of the year. Usually, one-two teachers and outside staff participating in the online writing communities meet with a portfolio committee made up of 4-8 students.
HundrED Criteria
innovativeness
impact
scalability
Students become more astute at using their digital presence to get jobs, showcase work, and become experts in an area of passion, than a lot of adults out in the world today.
Students become workforce-ready as they see an increase in self-esteem, creativeness, passion, and much more. At New Tech High, nearly every student at the school was engaged and excited to share their portfolios with teachers and family. The staff was impressed with the thoughtfulness, professionalism, and genuine excitement of the students.
Over 400 students in New Tech High use Blog on a regular basis; some of their Blogs reach over 300 views. This simple technique can be used in any classroom.
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Comment
“This school was profiled in a book about "personalizing the high school experience" by Joseph Dimartino and John Clar...”
Steve McCrea

Steps

Inspired to implement this? Here's how...

01
Select a structure
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Design portfolios with a Committee of Stakeholders
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Create Resources
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Roll out to the school
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Plan for Showcasing
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Lisa Gottfriend, Andrew Biggs
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